documentary


documentary
  a non-fiction (factual), narrative film with real people (not performers or actors); typically, a documentary is a low-budget, journalistic record of an event, person, or place; a documentary film-maker should be an unobtrusive observer - like a fly-on-the-wall, capturing reality as it happens; aka doc or docu; also called direct cinema; one type is termed docudrama; contrast with cinema verite and mockumentary
  Examples: a term first coined by John Grierson when describing Robert Flaherty's (the 'father of the documentary') 'objective' film about the daily life of a Polynesian youth, Moana (1926); Michael Moore's Roger and Me (1989) and Morgan Spurlock's Supersize Me (2004): examples of independent documentaries; 'subjective', propagandistic documentaries also exist, such as Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will (1935)

Glossary of cinematic terms . 2015.

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